Cultural Exchange Bag

$28.00 $26.99

SKU: S- 166722

The basic black bag gets a fun twist with this cultural textile ribbon handle that's interchangeable with any fun straps of your own. You also get a purse fob that can be used as a key chain or tassel decoration. This bag is full of fun possibilities!

Craftbeauty is a fair trade craft organization that provides skills and a steady source of income to disadvantaged women who wouldn't otherwise have any options, including farmers and women with disabilities. In Vietnam, only about 15% of disabled persons receive training in vocational skills, and many end up unemployed and very poor. Craftbeauty runs a fair-trade factory that houses the main office and a manufacturing area. In addition, they work with artisans working in provincial villages, employing over 100 people in Hanoi and surrounding areas.

  • 100% cotton canvas bag, cotton/satin woven strap
  • Tassel zipper pull
  • Zipper closure
  • Bag: 13.5" L x 12.5" H x 5" D with fixed 28" L strap (71 cm)
    Sling: 9" L x 9" H x 2" D with adjustable strap: up to 54.5" L (138.4 cm)
  • Handmade in & fairly traded from Vietnam

Artisan Diu

In Hanoi, Vietnam, where most people are raised to be farmers, there aren't a lot of vocational opportunities outside of agriculture. One stroke of bad luck can wipe out a year's worth of hard work -- drought or flood can destroy the year's crops, and the year's income. A lot of farmland is being purchased by developers of apartment buildings, leaving many farmers with no land, no vocational skills, and no source of income.

Craftbeauty is a fair trade craft organization that provides skills and a steady source of income to disadvantaged women who wouldn't otherwise have any options, including farming women, and women with disabilities. In Vietnam only about 15% of disabled persons receive training in vocational skills, and many end up unemployed and very poor. Craftbeauty offers these women (between the ages of 18 and 40 years old) a chance to learn about silk weaving, tailoring, embroidery, fashion, and quality control, and pays almost double the Vietnamese national livable wage. In addition to giving them a source of income, a skill set, and a safe workplace, these positions help the women retain their dignity, self worth, and confidence.

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